The Really Awful Movies Podcast

Smart talk, dumb movies? That’s not a bad description. The Really Awful Movies Podcast is a celebration of genre cinema of all stripes, with a focus on horror. If you like what you read here, or in print (our acclaimed book, Death by Umbrella!) you’ll (hopefully) like what’s being talked about there.

Every week on the show, Jeff and I get down to the business of critiquing films that occasionally get short-shrift from the mainstream. Despite our name (derived from a phrase one of our mothers used to describe a burgeoning interest in horror, “why do you have to watch those awful movies?”) we are relentlessly positive, silver lining types. Even as we fire broadsides, we pull back and offer praise and constructive criticism (something lacking in movie criticism).

Over the course of hundreds of episodes, we have explored everything from misguided musicals (Xanadu), to lurid Italian cannibal movies (Cannibal Ferox), meatheaded action flicks (Shotgun), and even silent surrealist films (Un Chien Andalou).

The beauty about our mandate is we’re never pigeonholed. As much as we could chat about our favorite slashers week after week, we have the luxury of pulling back and delving into film noir, like we did with D.O.A., or peeling back the curtain for some 70s exploitation (The Baby).

We realize that time is precious. When we started The Really Awful Movies Podcast, we wanted to create bite-sized morsels rather than buffet-style entrees. As a result (with a few exceptions), our episodes are roughly 30-45 minutes in length. We cut right to the core, with some extemporaneous personal anecdotes and detours as we see fit. Mostly though, we place our focus where it should be: on the film.

You may have wondered about our banner…The Lamberto Bava film, Demons, is a mutual favorite. It’s a perfect combination of hilarity and horror, a lunk-headed oddity that is impossible not to love. And those three demons on the poster capture the spirit of the film  (and our podcast) perfectly, even if there are only two of us (we have a guest on occasion, so there’s room for a third).

If you’d like to subscribe to The Really Awful Movies Podcast, we’d really appreciate it. We’re not big on Patreon. Instead, we urge listeners to grab copies of our book (soon to be plural – update to come) to support us.

Thanks for listening! And thanks for reading too, we update Really Awful Movies as humanly possible.

Best,

Chris & Jeff

The House on Sorority Row Revisited

“My water bed just got slashed to pieces!” Dont’cha just hate it when that happens?

That’s not the only thing that’s slashed to pieces in The House on Sorority Row, a movie which does for sorority girls what…ah, who are we kidding? it does nothing for them, but like other horror films made in the 80s, thins their ranks.

Mrs. Slater is a busy-body den mother who’s tasked to oversee the goings on at the house, and boy does she get an eyeful when catching one of her girls (Vicki) in the sack with a beau.

And that’s when Mrs. Slater pulls out her cane and lays waste to Vicki’s ridiculous bed (sadly, director Mark Rosman missed out on the opportunity to deploy the phrase “it’s not the size of the ship, but the motion of the ocean” in this pivotal scene). Vicki, still steaming from the indignity, decides to rally the sorority troops and put an end to Slater’s overbearing ways. She and the rest of the girls hatch a plot to scare the crap out of the ol’ lady, in the process, accidentally killing her with a weapon that wasn’t supposed to be loaded (a bit like the real-life death of Brandon Lee).

They’re then left to hide the body, while a mysterious killer is laying waste to them.

Similar to 80s Camembert-fest Pledge Night, this one features a Greek setting and a prank that ends in tragedy.

However, The House on Sorority Row dispenses with the supernatural element of that film, instead investing a lot of time and energy into a giant red herring.

Still, fans of 80s slashers will get a big helping of babes (including yummy Eileen Davidson), a terrific era on-point band that rocks the sorority house throw-down, and a few memorable kills.

**1/2 (out of 5)

[Check out our podcast discussion of The House on Sorority Row]